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Jenkins' 3 HRs lift Brewers

Jenkins' 3 HRs lift Brewers

MILWAUKEE -- Geoff Jenkins put an emphatic end to his slump.

Jenkins homered three times to help Olympic hero Ben Sheets pick up his first major-league win in the Brewers' 8-4 victory over the Montreal Expos on Saturday.

"I felt good in batting practice today," Jenkins said. "You never know when a situation like that is going to happen, especially against left-handers. I just put some good swings on the right pitches."

Jenkins joined Toronto's Carlos Delgado, Pittsburgh's Aramis Ramirez and Colorado's Todd Hollandsworth as players to homer three times in a game this season. Delgado has done it twice.

Jenkins has raised his average from .118 to .321 over his past 14 games.

"Jenks has worked his way out of the slump by going deeper in counts and swinging at good pitches," Milwaukee manager Davey Lopes said.

Montreal starter Chris Peters gave up Jenkins' first two homers.

"The first inning was a fastball," Peters said. "The second time I hung a breaking ball. He was sitting on it, and expecting it, and it was right in a spot where he could handle it."

Montreal manager Felipe Alou said he knew Jenkins had been hitting well lately.

"He had a big game," Alou said. "He's one of the leading hitters at swinging. By swinging, I mean attacking the ball."

Sheets was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday. The right-hander who beat Cuba for the gold medal in Sydney last summer made two minor-league starts while the Brewers did not need a fifth starter.

The Expos scored two off Sheets in the first, primarily because of some fielding problems by third baseman Tony Fernandez. Fernando Tatis was credited with an infield hit on a grounder that could have been called an error.

Fernandez then booted an easy two-hopper hit by Vladimir Guerrero. Lee Stevens drove in both runners with a double off the wall in left-centerfield.

"It tested me a little early," Sheets said. "You just have to dig in a little deeper. You want to pick up your guy out there.

"You go out there to win. The first win is always special. It feels great."

METS 6, CARDINALS 5 (11): Getting feisty worked for visiting New York, which ended a four-game losing streak after reliever Turk Wendell and manager Bobby Valentine got ejected.

Albert Pujols tied a major-league rookie record with his eighth home run this month, but Benny Agbayani singled home the go-ahead run in the 11th inning to lift the Mets.

"It feels a little better than losing," Valentine said. "I'd like to feel like this more often."

Wendell was booted for throwing behind Mike Matheny three pitches after giving up a tiebreaking homer to J.D. Drew in the seventh.

"It's 1-and-1, why would I throw at him?" Wendell said. "When (Rick) Ankiel's out there and throws the ball everywhere, why not throw him out?"

Valentine was kicked out after protesting that St. Louis reliever Mike James should have been ejected for hitting Todd Zeile in his lower back in the 11th. There was one out and a man on third at the time.

"It's a cheap trick," Valentine said. "It's the easiest time to hit a guy. How ironic is it that the guy who didn't hit anybody got thrown out?"

The Mets' Joe McEwing hit a two-run homer off Gene Stechschulte for his third hit of the game, and pinch-hitter Edgar Alfonzo had a bloop double off Steve Kline to tie it at 5 in the ninth.

ASTROS 6, MARLINS 4: Wade Miller didn't have his best stuff. It turned out to be good enough for Houston.

Miller pitched seven strong innings and Chris Truby hit a go-ahead two-run triple in the sixth to lead the host Astros.

Miller used some positive words from catcher Brad Ausmus to get through his outing.

"I wasn't as sharp as I have been, so I just had to get by with what I had," Miller said. "Brad told me I wasn't overpowering and my curve wasn't as sharp, but I had enough to get them out.

"That gave me the confidence to get through."

GIANTS 5, CUBS 0: Shawn Estes pitched seven scoreless innings as host San Francisco snapped a season-high four-game losing streak.

Jeff Kent, last season's NL MVP, extended his hitting streak to four games with a run-scoring double in the fifth off Julian Tavarez.

REDS 9, ROCKIES 4: Elmer Dessens pitched six strong innings and Michael Tucker hit a tiebreaking double in the sixth to lead Cincinnati to its ninth straight road win. The Reds' road streak is their longest since they won 10 in a row in 1998.

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